Saturday 31 July

Collect
Almighty Lord and everlasting God,
we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern
   both our hearts and bodies
in the ways of your laws
   and the works of your commandments;
that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,
we may be preserved in body and soul;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

James 5.7–20
 Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Indeed we call blessed those who showed endurance. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
 Above all, my beloved, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your ‘Yes’ be yes and your ‘No’ be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.
 Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.
 My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Psalm 42
    As the deer longs for the water brooks,
   so longs my soul for you, O God.
    My soul is athirst for God, even for the living God;
   when shall I come before the presence of God?
    My tears have been my bread day and night,
   while all day long they say to me, ‘Where is now your God?’
    Now when I think on these things, I pour out my soul:
   how I went with the multitude
      and led the procession to the house of God,
    With the voice of praise and thanksgiving,
   among those who kept holy day.
    Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul,
   and why are you so disquieted within me?
    O put your trust in God;
   for I will yet give him thanks,
      who is the help of my countenance, and my God.
    My soul is heavy within me;
   therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan,
      and from Hermon and the hill of Mizar.
    Deep calls to deep in the thunder of your waterfalls;
   all your breakers and waves have gone over me.
      The Lord will grant his loving-kindness in the daytime;
   through the night his song will be with me,
      a prayer to the God of my life.
      I say to God my rock,
      ‘Why have you forgotten me,
   and why go I so heavily, while the enemy oppresses me?’
      As they crush my bones, my enemies mock me;
   while all day long they say to me, ‘Where is now your God?’
      Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul,
   and why are you so disquieted within me?
      O put your trust in God;
   for I will yet give him thanks,
      who is the help of my countenance, and my God.